Director's Message

A portrait of Eric W. Corty, director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend.

Eric W. Corty has been appointed director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend. He has taught in the school since 1993.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

I became interim director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences last summer when Steve Hicks stepped down. For five years, Steve put aside his beloved German philosophers while he ably ran the school. Now, we are very pleased to have him back, sharing his expertise, with our students.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about what our H&SS students “have” after graduating. What makes them special? To explore this, we surveyed more than 500 Behrend students. Certainly, having a career and a good salary were important. But, what especially influences H&SS students is their desire to broaden their intellectual horizons, explore new perspectives, and expand their creative potential.

When I discuss these survey results with H&SS faculty and grads, the results ring true for them, too.

That got me to thinking. When students choose a college, they are looking for one where they fit in; they want to find their tribe. The stories of H&SS students and alums could be a powerful recruiting tool for us. If prospective students could hear the value you’ve discovered in your H&SS education, it may help them realize that H&SS is their home; that we are their people.

Do you have a story to share? Why did you choose the H&SS major you did, and how has your education helped you to succeed personally and professionally? Email me at [email protected] psu.edu using the subject line, “My H&SS Story.” Tell me your name and major, send a selfie, your graduation year, and current employer. And, of course, share your story!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Eric Corty, Ph.D.